Polymer Clay Tutorial For Beginners

This polymer clay tutorial is for you if you want to create vines for your woodland, fairytale or even aquatic atmosphere. It might be a little difficult to imagine at this point, but once the leaves, flowers and vines have their color of iridescent glimmering greens, yellows, golds and with some blues and purples the interior of the tiny house will take on a life of their own, it will be magical.

No boring flat humdrum walls for the Head Tinker – No Way! That just will not do!It will be like bringing Mother Nature indoors and, why not?

The polymer clay tutorial for faux vines process could easily be turned into roots or tree limbs by using the same materials. Its just a matter of tweaking the finished look.

In this video you will see how to apply the epoxy and how to use texture stamps to give the vines a quick but very convincing realistic texture and look. Polymer clay sculpting tutorial will help you on your quest of how to create vines with simple tools and technique.

Even if you’re familiar with using epoxy but you haven’t made any vines yet this article and video will give you some really good ideas on how to accomplish the task. Rolling out the epoxy and then cutting the epoxy into small workable strips works wonders on being able to position the epoxy.

Adding strips to carved pink panther foam.

Adding strips to carved pink panther foam.

For this part of the build Smooth On Habitat fire safe epoxy was used. The product was easy to work with. The strips are cut small enough to be easy to handle and keep from stretching to much while your positioning the polymer clay. The product is easy to smooth out just by using your fingers for the most part. Using gloves is highly recommended!

Head Tinker uses more than one brand of epoxy depending on the project. He evaluates the project and then makes a judgment call on which brand epoxy will work the best for the project at hand. Smooth On was chosen because of how easy it is to mix, apply and smooth out.

TIP: All epoxies are not equal! If you need help choosing the ‘right’ epoxy for your project, I’m happy to help guide you to the best choice for you.

Using a good reference to look at and being able to continually go back to look at will take a lot of the guess work out and help you get a more realistic look. Find some vines you like and really study the texture and the growth patterns.

Using polymer clay over sculpted pink panther foam to create faux vines.

Using polymer clay over sculpted pink panther foam to create faux vines.

Using polymer clay over sculpted pink panther foam to create faux vines.

For this project time was taken to draw up sketches on poster board, cut them out and pinned them to the interior wall of the fairy house. Once I was pleased with how the vines would flow, it was a matter of sculpting the vines out of pink panther foam, adhering to wall and applying the epoxy.

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I hope you enjoyed the polymer clay tutorial and come back to see upcoming videos about carving and the wood burning and so much more!

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You can see how to mix sculpting epoxy by going to YouTube BillyDillardArt .

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Head Tinker: AKA Billy Bear, signing off for today!